Marion Dolores Baker, 88, of Warrenton, passed away on July 23, 2020.
She was born Dec. 29, 1931, near Sedalia, Mo., the youngest of 11 children of Allen Roy Payne and Margaret Jane Butterbaugh Payne.
Dolores in 1952 moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Department of the Navy. She met her future husband, Richard, at the boarding house where they both resided and moved to Virginia shortly after their marriage in 1954.
Dolores was a homemaker and upon the birth of her son, Jonathan, became an advocate for children with special needs. She helped organize a support group for mothers of young children with Down syndrome. In the late 1960s, she lobbied and testified before Congress on the necessity of preschool education and training for special needs children. She served on the board of the Northern Virginia Association for Retarded Children and helped formed a group and became a caregiver that provided respite care for families of disabled children. Dolores retired from Fairfax County Public Schools after 25 years as a bus driver for special needs children. She also worked for Fairfax County Recreation and Therapeutic Services for the social clubs that Jonathan was a member.
In her retirement years, Dolores enjoyed traveling and attending the senior centers in Fairfax City and Warrenton.
She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years and two sons, Neil and Jonathan.
She is survived by her daughter, Michelle of the home; a son, Rex of Denver; her grandchildren, Kami Whitney and Keesha Saunders, both of Warrenton, Micah Price of Purcellville and Erika Elfstrom of DeLand, Fla., and 11 great grandchildren.
Interment and services are private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fauquier Senior Center, 430 E. Shirley Ave., Warrenton, Va. 20186, or the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com